Barcelona confirmed Gerardo “Tata” Martino as its new coach on Tuesday, following the resignation of Tito Vilanova due to his ongoing battle with cancer. It will be the first time Martino, the former coach of Newell’s Old Boys of Argentina as well as the Paraguayan national team, has coached in Europe.
On its Web site on Tuesday, Barcelona praised Martino for his “clear commitment to the passing game” as well as the attacking style displayed by his former team. However, in a poll published Tuesday by the Catalan region's leading newspaper, La Vanguardia, under the banner "Do you approve of 'Tata' Martino signing?'' 58 percent of readers answered "no'' and only 32 percent approved. Ten percent of the 1,000 people polled had no opinion.